What to do w/pelts

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Maggie, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Maggie

    Maggie Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 12, 2002
    U.P. of Michigan
    I know this has been asked previously, but...what does everyone do with their rabbit pelts after butchering? Please be quite specific, we are new to this! Also, is there anyone who buys non-tanned pelts or do they only buy them tanned? Please help :eek: . Thanks to all, Maggie
  2. silosounds

    silosounds Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    in the middle
    If you go on the internet under tanning rabbit skins it has tons of info I couldnt find any companies that want untanned hides maybe the local taxadermist would have a market for them. There are companies is saw that want tanned especially white so they can be died any color .

  3. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 18, 2002
    Okay, a bit of education is in store, first. The main market for rabbit meat calls for "fryer" rabbits not over the age of 12 weeks. Unfortunately, the fur market calls for "prime" pelts, which doesn't occur in rabbits until around 6 or 7 months of age, although there is a "junior prime" around 3 to 4 months. Fryer rabbit pelts were used for making felt, but with the advent of man-made synthetic materials coupled with inexpensive imported pelts, we simply could not compete here in the U.S. As such, the majority of rabbit processors simply toss the pelts. There is a small and possibly growing interest in adult "prime" pelts, but this also involves having to develop a market for the carcasses (dog food and/or raw feeding markets?). Selling to a processor will not give you the pelts back... they buy all rights to the entire rabbit.

    Please note... if you are wanting to tan your own pelts, please take the time to read up on how to tell a "prime" pelt from a non-prime... unless you want bald rabbit skins.

    Pat Lamar
    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    Chairperson, ARBA Commercial Dept. Committee